Sonis Lectures

2023 - The National Healthcare System Action Alliance to Advance Patient Safety: Improving Patient and Healthcare Workforce Safety

Wednesday, March 29, 1 p.m. 

In person or virtual options
University Club, Ballroom B

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Keynote Speaker

Robert Otto Valdez, director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


Robert Otto Valdez, was appointed director of AHRQ in February 2022. He was previously the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Professor Emeritus of Family & Community Medicine and Economics at the University of New Mexico.  He received his PhD from the Pardee RAND Graduate School for Public Policy Studies specializing in studies of health care financing and quality of medical care. At the University of Michigan School of Public Health, he was awarded a master of health policy and administration. At Harvard University, Valdez studied in the Department of History and Science specializing in Latin American history and biochemistry.

About the lecture

The Sonis Lecture is our major annual event focusing on health care quality and safety honoring Anne C. Sonis for over two decades. The lecture draws a broad audience, from residents, fellows, faculty, students, and alumni from across Pitt's Schools of the Health Sciences and health practitioners and administrators from UPMC, UPMC Health Plan, the VA, and throughout the region. Sponsored by the family of Anne C. Sonis, the Pitt Public Health Department of Health Policy and Management, the Center for Research on Health Care of the Division of General Internal Medicine, the Wolff Center at UPMC, and the UPMC Health Plan.

Part of the Dr. Loren Roth Quality and Patient Safety Speaker Series of UPMC. 

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Educational Credit

This event is Pitt Public Health Grand Rounds eligible. This event will also provide AMA PRA Category 1 CME credits for physicians and AAPA Category 1 CME credits for physician assistants.

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About Anne Sonis

Anne C. Sonis was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, social worker and faculty at the University of Pittsburgh who had a personal interest in and professional commitment to the idea of assuring every citizen the right to compassionate, high quality health care. Sonis was an initiator and first director of the quality assurance program at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMC.